Friday Wisdom – From the Woodshop

Safety tip when using a table saw: Count the number of fingers you have before and after the cut.  You should have the same number in both counts. Report discrepancies to the nearest ER.

Woodworking: The practice of cutting large pieces of wood into small pieces and then gluing them back together to make a big piece.

I was looking out the shop window at a tree growing in the yard and asked myself, “Is that a son of a beech, or a son of a birch?”  Just then a woodpecker flew over and said to me, “No, it’s not either, but it is the best piece of ash I’ve ever had.”

Measure with a micrometer, mark with chalk, cut with an axe.

That’s not a mistake. It’s a design feature.

It looks better when viewed from six feet away.

Any one thinking money doesn’t grow on trees, hasn’t bought lumber recently.

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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21 Responses to Friday Wisdom – From the Woodshop

  1. Christi says:

    Your first one had me worried – I thought you found a clever way to let us know you were in the ER!

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  2. Bahahaha!!! Thanks for the carpentry-related humour – I needed a chuckle today! My only carpentry project lately has been a rough trellis for my sweet peas to climb. Like all my woodworking, it ain’t pretty, but it won’t fall down! (And my finger count matched up, so it’s all good.) 😉

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  3. Either the second one or the design feature is my favorite. 🙂

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  4. K.L. Hale says:


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  5. Terry says:

    That’s why most pension funds invest in timber land! Nicely done.

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  6. Tutu says:

    Great prose short and sweet

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  7. You are a breath of fresh air.

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  8. Glad to know you are keeping yourself busy, Andrew. My dad also does a lot of woodwork.

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  9. Ray V. says:

    Love the woodpecker joke and it was great to meet you on Zoom on Wednesday. I hope you enjoyed participating as much as we enjoyed having you. Funny that you and Doug had San Jose in common.

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